Daniel Lane

Daniel Lane

Daniel Lane is a sports reporter and video journalist with Fairfax Media.

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Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter has gone from dead man walking to a man in demand

Daniel Lane Last year, as Wests Tigers' season lurched from one disaster to the next, head coach Mick Potter was described as the NRL's dead man walking – now he's on the verge of signing a new deal with...

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Sensitive Jared Waerea-Hargreaves strives for greatness

Hard to stop: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves pumps the legs.

Daniel Lane It says a lot that Sydney Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves could control the compulsive nature he has displayed on the footy field to wait until he had saved the money to buy the Harley-Davidson...

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Billy Slater under no pressure from Greg Inglis to be Maroons' No.1, says Mal Meninga

He's No.1: Queensland coach Mal Meninga has ended any speculation of Billy Slater losing his spot as Queensland fullback to Greg Inglis.

Daniel Lane Queensland coach Mal Meninga killed any possible speculation about Billy Slater's place in this year's State of Origin series by confirming Slater - and not Greg Inglis - would wear his team's No.

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Shake-up on the cards as Blues plot to stop rot

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 16: Mitchell Pearce of the Blues runs with the ball during game two of the ARL State of Origin Series between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons at Suncorp Stadium on June 16, 2010 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Daniel Lane Through a mix of injury, questionable form and players on the comeback trail, the NSW side sent into battle in the opening match of the State of Origin series on May 28 may be vastly different from...

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No danger of lifting tackles ruining Origin, says Mal Meninga

Daniel Lane Queensland State of Origin coach Mal Meninga has dismissed any notion that the NRL's crackdown on dangerous throws or lifting has the potential to create problems for both teams during the series.

Plan for under-20s league to become midweek rating hit

Daniel Lane It is understood a proposal is being formulated to turn the NRL's under-20s competition into the code's answer to American college football by broadcasting, at the least, one key match during prime...

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Sacking from Penrith still in Eel of steel Joseph Paulo's mind

Daniel Lane Parramatta forward Joseph Paulo says even though it has been three action-stacked years since he was sent packing from Penrith, he'll be determined to, once again, try to prove a point when he plays...

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Manu Ma'u crashes through in debut season with NRL's Parramatta Eels

Hard yards: Parramatta’s Manu Ma’u.

Daniel Lane When Parramatta rookie Manu Ma'u was named to play in the Eels top grade squad at the beginning of the season he promised to give his all for what he called his ''chance'' - and statistics revealed...

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Jared Waerea-Hargreaves building to something special

Daniel Lane Sydney Roosters fans ought to realise Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, he of the booming post match belly laugh and full-throttled hit-ups, was doing everything possible to ensure their kingdom won't crumble...

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Brad Fittler says judiciary should follow NRL lead on dangerous throws

Matt White was reported for a lifting tackle against Penrith and charged with a grade-two dangerous throw.

Daniel Lane City Origin coach Brad Fittler says it will be the judiciary's responsibility over the next few weeks to prove the NRL is serious about its war on dangerous throws after seven players were charged...

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Parramatta Eels are embracing their ethnicity, even though it wasn't planned

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Daniel Lane Coincidence rather than design was behind the plan that's resulted in the Parramatta Eels starting Monday's NRL match against the Wests Tigers with eight players of Polynesian descent and four...

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NRL to test players for prescription drugs

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Brad Walter and Daniel Lane The NRL is set to become the first governing sports body in Australia to test for prescription drugs and may also appoint independent doctors at matches to assess players for concussion.

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Parramatta Eels lock in Manu Ma'u with new deal

New deal: Manu Ma'u of the Eels.

Daniel Lane Parramatta moved swiftly to lock up their boom rookie forward Manu Ma'u hours before the 25-year-old's five star showing against the New Zealand Warriors by upgrading his contract.

Glen Fisiiahi being chased by Bulldogs

The Warriors' Glen Fisiiahi.

Daniel Lane New Zealand Warrior Glen Fisiiahi - aka The Flying Fish - was believed to be the fullback that the Canterbury Bulldogs hoped to lure to their kennel within a matter of weeks.

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Wests Tigers recruit James Gavet out to make up for lost time

Point to prove: Wests Tigers prop James Gavet.

Daniel Lane If James Gavet lived up to the hope that Canterbury held for the powerful prop when they lured him across the Tasman in 2012, it is possible Andrew Fifita might not have been signed by the Bulldogs...

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Adam Blair says Andrew Fifita will come under intense scrutiny from fans

Under scrutiny: Andrew Fifita's move to Canterbury will put pressure on the prop.

Daniel Lane Wests Tigers prop Adam Blair knows all about the pressure of becoming a high-profile signing at a new club and has some advice for Andrew Fifita.

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William Hopoate tough enough for Manly test, says teammate Jarryd Hayne

Give the man time: Jarryd Hayne has urged league fans to give Will Hopoate time to rediscover his best.

Daniel Lane Parramatta co-captain Jarryd Hayne said his time with new teammate William Hopoate proved that - despite the pressure on him to perform - he had the mental toughness needed to fire.

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Grant Mayer will rule Liam Fulton out if needed

Concussion break: Liam Fulton may be forced to sit out the round four NRL match against the Warriors.

Daniel Lane Wests Tigers chief executive Grant Mayer said he'd have no problem overruling coach Mick Potter and resting Liam Fulton after the back-rower was concussed for the second time in three weeks on Friday...

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John Hopoate: My son Will rise

John Hopoate and his son Will.

Daniel Lane "Sound, nothing spectacular" but "his best will come" was former international winger John Hopoate's early assessment of how his eldest son William was settling back into top grade football as a...

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Penrith rookie Dallin Watene-Zelezniak shapes up to a family legend

Star of the future: Penrith's Dallin Watene-Zelezniak makes his first-grade debut this weekend.

Daniel Lane Teenager Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, earmarked for years by junior talent scouts as rugby league's ''next big thing'', will take a significant step in his quest to honour a famous ancestor when he makes...